Parkway Princesses continued their impressive 100% start to their maiden Division 1 season on Monday night with a convincing 44 – 11 victory over the Bond Girls.
Despite their third successive 9pm start time Princesses repaid their loyal fans support with a performance that surely sees them as early contenders for back to back promotions.
Another commanding performance from Goalkeeper Sophie Dunlavey ensured that any wayward shooting from the Bond Girls was punished as rebound opportunities were few and far between. Complimented by the agility shown in and around the D by Goal Defence Tamsin Davies meant that after the first quarter the Princesses had eased to a comfortable 9 – 2 lead.
In Wing Defence Hayleigh Bickford, Centre Susan May and Wing Attack Emma Price, Parkway controlled the tempo of the game from the first minute to the last. There was a fluidity to the passing between them which looked almost instinctive at times and the ease with which the three turned defence into attack meant that chances came thick and fast for their very own sharp shooters in the opposition area.
With Goal Shooter Sarah Taylor and Goal Attack Sally Reynolds enjoying a blistering start to the season it is no surprise the Princesses raced to a 22 – 4 half time lead with their very own SAS attacking threat.
With Dunlavey and Davies impassable at times, Bickford breaking up attacks and setting Princesses on their way upfield, May and Price linking in perfectly with Taylor and Reynolds, Parkway continued the second half in the kind of form which saw them runaway with the league title last season. At the end of the third quarter it was 34 – 8 and despite the eventual final score being 44 – 11 credit must go to The Bond Girls who battled to the final whistle of this well natured game.
Bond Girls GK and GA were awarded their players of the match and the team were very complimentary at the end, commenting that they could have nominated the entire Parkway team on that performance, WA Emma Price was eventually chosen as Parkway’s nominated player.
On this evidence Parkway may well continue their rise up through the divisions and Gez Baggott, who only joined forces with the side earlier this year, may well have another lap of honour around his football ground to look forward to at the end of the season.
Parkway Princesses 44 Bond Girls 11.
Report by Matt Smith